Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Winter 2009 Edition of Nikyo Quarterly

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Help Wanted for Cobblestone

Starting January 13, Rochester’s Cobblestone School will bus their 8th grade students to the Dojo for an hour long Aikido class on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

The instructors could definitely use some extra uke help. Little experience is needed so this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in the dojo, regardless of rank, to be in involved in a community service project.

If you can help, please call Mike Lewis as soon as possible at 325-2474 (office), 624-2531 (home), and cell 943-9433.

New Year's Day!

Come ring in the new year with some Aikido practice...class will begin at 10:00 AM on 01/01/09.

Our theme will be: Concepts or techniques learned in 2008 that are worth carrying into 2009.

Hope to see you on the mat!


Monday, December 29, 2008

Kokyu Nage

Q: How many kokyu nages can you think of in response to a yokomen attack?

A: 1? 5? 10? 15? (At Open Mat on Sunday we found 14.)

What is a kokyu nage? From Aikiweb wiki (see

Kokyu-nage, or "breath throws" are a seemingly very broad and ambiguous class of throws. They range from virtually no-touch techniques to what can appear to be "body slams." Some techniques, such as those termed iriminage and hiji-ate nage in many styles, are referred to as types of kokyunage by other styles.

Common Traits:

A few theories exist on what makes a kokyu-nage a kokyu-nage, and do not necessarily contradict one another:

  • Techniques that should be done in a flowing fashion, "in one breath."
  • Techniques where uke's energy continues uninterrupted.
  • Kokyu as timing or the flow of energy: thus, not depending upon joint manipulations but upon subtler timing and control of uke's attention.
  • Techniques where uke seems to be thrown with nothing more than "a breath."

In tonight's 7:00 pm class we will explore several of the many kokyu nage options available in response to yokomen.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Monday Morning

For those off for the holidays or anyone wanting an early start come enjoy our morning class! This monday we will be exploring against the wall techniques. What to do when you can't back away.

Join us for breakfast afterwards at The Liberty on Winton Road. Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Year's Day Practice

Start your new year with a few good throws!

Please join us if you can for practice on New Year's Day at 10:00 am.

For more info see Marcella Mosher or Jim Austin.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Summer Camp 2009

Summer Camp dates have just been confirmed.

Camp will be at Villanova University, Villanova, PA on July 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Watch the blog and bulletin board for more details.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

All things Jo

This Monday at 8pm we will concentrate on the Jo. Techniques, attacks, kata, you name it...